Halloween decorations are sold in August.
Thanksgiving by September.
Christmas by October.
Facebook countdowns, like the one pictured, show up in my feed at least once a week about some holiday that is nowhere near happening.
And its not just holidays. I work at a school during the day and everyone is counting down till the next break. I even saw countdowns for the last day of school that started the first day of school!
I am concerned that we are all thinking about the next big whatever (holiday, break, vacation) and forget to enjoy the day we are in. I’m guilty of this too, of course. I am trying to be more aware of it though. I realized we are missing out on appreciating all the wonderful things that happen everyday. The small things we take for granted like a delicious meal, a hug for no reason for my kids, a great hit in a softball game, or baking a treat in the Easy Bake oven. I mean, I notice these things but why aren’t I looking forward to them? Every day I can find things to look forward to instead of waiting for the “big” things.
JENNIFER EULBERG, MA, LPC
Welcome Jennifer, our new blogger!
Jennifer is a counselor at Sandhill who specializes in depression, self-esteem, and grief & loss. Get to know Jennifer as she shares her perspectives on life, contemplates value themes, and offers gentle encouragement.
THANK YOU to Stefanie Pisarkiewicz, LPC for her blog contributions from November 2014 - February 2019!